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Utah Valley freshman Olivia Neal jumps over the bar. Neal topped UVU women's track and field long-standing pole vault record this weekend at the Jackson's Nike Boise Indoor Invite.

Freshman Olivia Neal broke Utah Valley track and field's long-standing women's pole vault record to spearhead the list of UVU's strong performances at the Jackson's Nike Boise Indoor Invite.

Neal surpassed the program's previous 13-year-old record held by Mariko Nakashima (3.53m) by .12 meters with a mark of 3.65 meters. With her vault, Neal finished second at the meet and overcame her prior personal record of 3.51 meters earlier this season.

"It was a great meet," said Utah Valley head coach Scott Houle. "Olivia Neal did an amazing job in her pole vault. That record has been there for about 13 years, so that was a great mark for her and helped move her up a little bit in the conference rankings. We had a lot of movement on our top-10 lists on the men's and women's sides in all the events, so it ended up being a good weekend."

For the second-straight meet, sophomore Albert MacArthur swept wins in the men's triple jump (14.62m) and long jump. With his long jump mark of 7.16 meters, MacArthur ended the meet with the third-farthest long jump in school history.

UVU freshman Sara Ohlwiler found success in the women's long jump, recording a 5.48-meter jump to place first at the meet and move into sixth all-time in program history in that event.

Seniors Alena Gillespie, Lexi Shaw and Mykah Ouderkirk-Heaton chipped in a 1-2-3 Wolverine finish in the women's 200-meter. Gillespie placed first with a time of 25.27 seconds, Shaw moved into sixth on UVU's all-time record chart in second place and Ouderkirk posted a personal record (25.46) in third place.

Gillespie's, Shaw's and Ouderkirk's momentum carried over into the women's 4x400 relay race where they teamed with freshman Abby Garlock to take second place out of six relay squads. The UVU quartet finished the 4x400 in a time of 3:51.39, landing them at fourth on the school's all-time record chart.

The senior duo of Shaw and Ouderkirk-Heaton also landed among the top-three finishers in the 400-meter, finishing second and third, respectively. Shaw ran the 400 in 56.61 seconds, while Ouderkirk 56.79 seconds put her at fourth all-time in UVU history.

In the men's sprints, junior Jordan Carder paced UVU with double victories in the 60-meter dash and 200-meter. Carder's first-place finish in the 60 came in 7.02 seconds, while his 200 finish of 21.68 seconds pushed him into third all-time in program history.

Adding to the list of top finishes at the meet, senior McKay Burnett placed second in the weight throw for UVU. Burnett's second-place finish followed his throw that traveled 17.25 meters on his first attempt at the two-day meet.

UVU will now have nearly three weeks to prepare to return to action in Boise, Idaho, for the 2018 WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 22-24.